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Edo APC Crisis: Obaseki to Reconcile With Oshiomhole

Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki has assured that the rift between him and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole would soon be resolved.

Obaseki who spoke at the thanksgiving for the 80th birthday celebration of a former national chairman on APC, John Odigie-Oyegun in Benin city, the Edo state capital on Monday said he has no fundamental differences with his immediate past predecessor except what he described as handiwork of third parties.

“I thank you very much for the remarkable homily by Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, Catholic Archbishop of Benin Metropolitan See. I listened very attentively and I have taken every word in your remark to heart and very seriously. I want to assure you that we are in pursuit of peace and we will have peace in Edo State.

“We have met – me and my predecessor in office – and fortunately, we do not have any fundamental issues. And because we do not have any fundamental issues, I believe that whatever third parties are trying to propagate, I am sure we can talk over it. I assure you that very soon things will return to normalcy in Edo State” he said.

The governor announced that the soon-to-be completed Civil Service Training Centre will be named after Oyegun in recognition of his contributions to the state and country.

 

He said, “For your contributions and what you have done for our dear state, I have decided to name the public service academy, which is under construction, after you. We know your passion for public service; we know and acknowledge the contributions you made to the public service in Nigeria. Therefore, we have decided to name this edifice, which will be completed within the next 60 days, by the grace of God, after you. President Muhammadu Buhari will come and commission the academy, with you standing beside him. It will be known as the John Odigie-Oyegun Institute for Public Administration.”

The institute, according to the governor, is on “three floors and is made up of large training rooms that will host 220 people. Two halls hold 118 people each. There are seven training halls that will host 58 people each.  There is a library, a sick bay, a cafeteria and 12 offices. This facility at any point in time can hold and train a minimum of 900 people. It will be the largest facility for training public servants in Nigeria.”

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Oshiomhole is the Problem, Bauchi Governor Attacks APC Chairman

The Bauchi state governor, Bala Mohammed has said the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole is a danger to the political stability in the state. 
Mohammed who reacted to the courtesy call by eight of the 17 newly inaugurated members of the state Assembly led by Oshiomhole to president Muhammadu Buhari at the Villa, Abuja, in a statement issued on Thursday by his spokesman, Dr. Lawan Salihu, said Mr. Oshiomhole was the problem not the legislators. 

See statement 
 “The government notes that while Stakeholders defer to Mr President and updates to him are normal, we must must dignify his office with the correct information and true position of things.
“The Eight Members led by the APC National Chairman were part of the 17 who were sworn in last week on the floor of the Assembly. All the 31 Legislators are now Members of One State Assembly.
“The Media is awash with the Video, Audio and Print materials that captured the Swearing in Ceremony.
“Governor appreciates the pronouncement of the President to deal with the issue in line with the Constitution because he is a President for all.
“What is clear is that our President was shortchanged with the relevant information by those who led the Group for their personal interests and primordial dispositions.
“As far as the Government and People of Bauchi State are concerned, the enforced disharmony is now history. Bauchi Legislature is one United family. The issue of another proclamation ludicrous.
“It is clear that our Legislators are not the problem, neither is the APC. Mr Oshiomole is the Problem. He is Clear and Present Danger to political Stability in Bauchi State. This explains why he excluded Members of Edo State Assembly from visit to the Villa.
“The APC Chairman should rethink his strategy as it is dead on arrival because he is dealing with Political Paper-Tigers who were roundly defeated and soundly rejected by our People.

APC Governors Forum DG Knocks Oshiomhole, Says Party Worse off Under his Leadership 

The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum, Salihu Lukman, has attributed the crisis in the party to the the leadership style of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole. 

Lukman in a letter addressed to Oshiomhole dated August 6,2019 titled, ‘Appeal for Reconciliation’ said the loss of Oyo,Imo,Zamfara and Bauchi states to rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was due to internal crisis in the party and such may play out again in Kogi and Edo states ahead of the gubernatorial elections. 

“As a loyal party member, I have difficulty reconciling the absence of meetings of superior organs given all the challenges the party is going through, warranting the suspension of three serving governors (two of them now Senators) and two members of NWC” he wrote. 

He said, “My distant observation is that there is hardly any difference between your approach in managing the party and the way Chief Oyegun had managed it during his tenure.

“Instead, things have really got worse and painfully, it would appear, you are in denial of this reality.”

He noted: “It would appear that the leadership problems facing the party are getting deeper and in the circumstances the business of building the party will be sacrificed.”

 “It is a painful reality that we have found ourselves in situation of near stalemate in many states under your leadership.

“Embarrassingly, our leaders, including your very self, appear to be stubbornly inconsiderate of other options of resolving these challenges.

“If the electoral loss of Oyo, Imo, Zamfara, Adamawa and Bauchi are not a wakeup call to the dangers that lie ahead, what could have been?

“Is it that our leaders are indifferent to the possible return of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)?” He queried. 

APC Chairman, Oshiomhole Who Led Series of Protests in the Past Condemns #RevolutionNow, Admits Crippling Poverty in the Country 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has queried the motives behind the #RevolutionNow protests convened by the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore. 
Addressing state house correspondents on Wednesday in Abuja after the meeting of the National Working Committee of the APC with president Muhammadu Buhari, Adams a former president of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) who led series of protests in the past admitted that Nigerians have right to protest but must state what they are protesting about. 
He said,“What was the reason for protest? Let’s be honest; I have led series of protest even to this villa. Whoever wants to protest should articulate the particulars of his grievances and make specific demands about the solutions that he wants. So, what exactly, as far as you know as members of the fourth Estate of the Realm, that Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, a presidential candidate, cleared by INEC to bid for power, who had opportunity to ask Nigerians to vote for him, now that Nigerians have voted, the votes have been counted and he was not a favoured candidate, what does he want now? That Nigerians must make him the president?
“Because we all have to be careful, nobody should talk as if we have another country. We have challenges but somehow we have all resolved as a people that the way to power is in the ballot box. Our task as a people is to continue to work to clean up the system so that only Nigerians alone shall determine who governs them at all levels. That I believe is a legitimate thing to fight for. But if you want to overthrow, you want a revolution then he should have spared us the INEC putting him on the ballot paper.
“I don’t want to talk about this but I believe Nigerians have a right to protest, I believe people have a right to contest issues, people have the right to disagree. I have often said government doesn’t have the right to dictate to people how to protest, but you must state exactly what you want.
“Go and check the dictionary and political meaning of a revolution. If it comes, it will be like the Christmas turkey, nobody knows, which one will be slaughtered first on Christmas.
“I think we do need to take things seriously, we have serious issues in this country, I have my own reservations about many things but we have submitted to this process and we must work hard to make it work.
“…There is no question that we have challenges but I don’t not think of you were an American, British, Ghanaian or even a Nigerian, you were about to set up a farm or a factory and you hear that a revolution is in the making, in which country do you hear that? You go to any country including established democracies and say your business is to create revolution…
“Have you monitored what is happening in France, that yellow jacket people, who were organising those protests? Initially, when they were organising those protests they were asking for labour reforms that President Macron introduced but from there they went into something else, you must have seen on your television how the French authorities dealt with that.
“I think we have to be clear. I am a believer that the rights to protest is a fundamental human rights but it does not include the right to suggest that you want to overthrow a constituted order. No, there is a difference.”
But Sowore two weeks ago in Abuja at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the AAC where he announced the protests said he is protesting against election rigging and bad governance. 
Oshiomhole also charged the president and the National Assembly to work together to end crippling poverty in the country. 
“Our party must be seen to be pro-poor, putting policies in place that will lift our people out of poverty and recreate the Nigeria middle class. Unless you recreate the Nigeria middle class, you are not going to have a stable and a peaceful society.
“The tragedy for now is that over the period people are either very poor or they are very rich. The president has to provide leadership working with the National Assembly leadership to see how we can over the next four years deliver, so that the current situation of extremely poor and extremely rich will is bridged by recreating the middle class,” he said.

Oyegun Hails Obaseki, Says those Fighting Him Want to Undermine Good Governance and Destabilize the State

A former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun has commended the governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki for his developmental strides in the state. 

Oyegun who spoke at the weekend in Benin City when he addressed newsmen ahead of his 80th birthday celebration said Obaseki is bringing development to even forgotten parts of the state. 

He said; “The Governor has done well. This has led to the general approval of his performance by the people. I have experienced it and people have talked to me about it as well. This is the reality on ground. Anywhere I go, there is this positive vibe about his accomplishments. Obaseki is bringing progress to forgotten areas across the state.”

On the running battle between Obaseki and the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Oyegun said those condemned moves to remove the governor by those he called detractors. 

“What is happening is a mystery to me and for funny reasons, we have been unable to get the story behind the story. All I know is that we have a government and the voice of the people says Obaseki deserves all the support that he can get.

“If anyone wants to remove him and destabilise the state, it’s wrong. The governor is delivering good governance to the people. They should wait until the party primary. I call on everyone to continue to support the governor” he said. 

He insisted that he never interfered in the affairs of the state when he was the National chairman of APC. 

He said, “I have never interfered in the running of the state but strangely same is not the case and it’s sad as people fail to realise we have two sovereignties: that of the president which reflects the nation and also the governors that reflects the state. Anyone that fights the governor undermines the sovereignty of the people of the state.”

Oyegun described as shocking the ultimatum issued to the governor by the National Assembly, adding that such undermines the sovereignty of the state. 

“The issue in contention is before a competent court of law. Thank God we have a constitution that binds everybody. I am amazed that the National Assembly or anybody would issue instructions to a sovereign Governor. I am shocked and amazed but I believe that in the coming weeks and months, the law will prevail.”

Oshiomhole Wants to Destabilize Edo, Impeach Obaseki- Speaker

The Speaker of Edo House of Assembly, Frank Okiye has blamed the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole for the crisis rocking the state’s Assembly. 
Okiye who spoke in Thursday in Benin City when he fielded questions from journalists said Oshiomhole wants to takeover the Assembly and impeach the governor, Godwin Obaseki. He said he has recruited the National Assembly in the plot to destabilize the state. 
“The truth is that the Edo State Assembly and my office as the speaker are not the real targets of this crisis. The plot is actually aimed at Governor Obaseki and the endpoint is to stop him from getting a return ticket as governor next year.
“Comrade Oshiomhole is actually after Obaseki, the state Assembly was only a smokescreen to his plans. The idea now is to take over the house, destabilise the state and possibly impeach the governor. The Edo Peoples Movement that originated this crisis has boasted that they will ensure that the governor does not come back for the second tenure” he said. 
“I have said it before on several occasions that we know who is beating the drum for them in the National Assembly. They have found themselves in the position of stooge to make it look like they cannot think outside the box, it’s unfortunate” he added. 
Okiye while calling on the remaining lawmakers-elect to regularize their documentation so that they will be sworn in, said the National Assembly was wrong for threatening to takeover the Assembly since it has been operating properly after inauguration.
“We have been sitting as a parliament. I just drove out office after the plenary session. Lawmakers are going about their committee work. We just invited Commissioner for Works to appear before the House over a matter of public importance.
“The door is open for the remaining lawmaker-elect, they should come to Assembly, complete and regularize their documentation and they will be sworn in.
“The constitution says when the House is unable to sit, that means when it cannot perform the function it was supposed to perform. And this notification was supposed to be given or declared by the governor who will say that there is no one to clear my commissioners, oversee my legislative requests and so on. That was what the constitution contemplated, not the National Assembly sitting over a state Assembly as if we are a colony under them.”

Edo Assembly Crisis: Speaker Sues National Assembly Over Move to Takeover House

The Speaker of the Edo House of Assembly, Mr Francis Okiye, on Wednesday filed a suit stopping the National Assembly from taking over the state assembly’s functions at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

In an originating summon and a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CS/815/2019 filed by the speaker and the state’s assembly, the plaintiffs asked Justice Nkeonye Maha to restrain the National Assembly from going ahead with its plans pending the hearing on the matter.

The suit was instituted against Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori, the Clerk of the National Assembly (first defendant), and the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (second defendant) on July 17.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state’s seventh assembly was inaugurated in controversial circumstances on June 17, when nine out of 24 members-elect during inauguration elected Okiye as the speaker around at 9 p.m.

However, besides the House of Representatives that threatened to take over the assembly should Gov. Godwin Obaseki fail to issue a fresh proclamation for the assembly’s inauguration recently, the Senate had, on Tuesday, passed a resolution giving the governor a week to issue the proclamation letter or risk the takeover of the state’s legislature.

The matter, which was brought before Justice Maha on July 23, was adjourned until July 31 for hearing since the parties were yet to be served.

However, the lead Counsel to the plaintiffs, Ola Olanipekun, SAN, on Wednesday, told the court that after the defendants had been properly served as ordered by the court, the Senate on Tuesday, July 30, still went ahead and passed a resolution for the takeover of the assembly if the governor fails to comply with its resolution.

He explained that the defendants, through their lawyers, had on Tuesday served the plaintiffs a counter affidavit to their motion and written address and also filed a memorandum of conditional appearance.

He said it was disheartening that despite that the governor had already issued a proclamation which was duly gazetted officially and that the members of the state assembly had duly been inaugurated, principal members elected and the house has since been performing its functions, the federal lawmakers directed Obaseki to issue a fresh proclamation.

The judge adjourned the case until Aug. 7 to enable the complainants respond to the counter affidavit and written address filed by lawyers to the National Assembly.

The judge, however, asked the parties to respect the sanctity of the court as the matter was still pending in court.
NAN